Kanban Fundamentals

The Kanban Method is an approach to incremental, evolutionary process and systems change for organizations. Kanban methods have increased in popularity. Going beyond the manufacturing origins, more and more teams in information technology are adopting the practices. Kanban methods go beyond the visual aspects of the Kanban board. In addition to visualizing the work in progress, Kanban provides techniques to manage the flow of work and continuously improve on that flow. You learn how to focus on the work that is needed and reduce the time spent on the wrong work. Other advantages include flexibility of process, increased productivity, and improved efficiency. The concepts are easy to understand yet difficult to master.

This Kanban training provides guidance on Kanban implementation and bootstrapping a Kanban system in your own organization. You will learn how Kanban is a cultural change initiative and what that shift means, how Kanban can be applied to your software development workflow, and how it differs from other development methods.

Delegates will learn how to

·       Optimize the flow of work by a managing work in progress (WIP) and removing bottlenecks

·       Identify and eliminate sources of waste in the development lifecycle

·       Combine Kanban with Scrum to improve overall team performance and maximize benefits

·       Scale agile by using Kanban at the program and portfolio levels


Course summary

Topics covered

The Case for Change

What is Lean?

What is Agile?

What is Kanban?

Why Kanban?

How Kanban differs from other methodologies

How Kanban differs from Scrum

Benefits of Kanban

How Kanban differs from other Agile methodologies

Kanban Overview and Concepts

Kanban's Five Core Properties

Kanban Emergent Behaviors

Kanban Team


General High-Level Concepts

Kanban Origins And Evolution

The Kanban Concepts, Principles, and Terminology

Common Misunderstandings and Pitfalls of Kanban

Kanban Core Principles

Implementing Kanban

Work Item Types

Card Walls


Queues and Buffers




Capacity Allocation

Class of Service

Service Level Agreements

Issues and Blocked Items

Visualization of Work

Up a Card Wall

Setting Work-in-Process Limits

Limiting Work-in-Process

Analyzing the Flow of Work

Learn to Build Visualization Methods Like a Kanban Board

Implementation Approaches

How to Use Work Item Types

Setting Input and Output Limits

Service Levels Agreements

Sources of Variability

Metrics and Reporting

Metrics Overview

Tracking Work-in-Process

Cumulative Flow Diagram

Lead Time


Throughput and Production Rates

Flow Efficiency

Failure Load/Cost of Poor Quality

Kanban Metrics and Management Reporting

Metrics and Tracking Methods

Optimize the Flow of Work

Scaling Kanban

Scaling Kanban for projects

Work Item Levels

User Stories

Minimal Marketable Release

Two-Tiered Card Walls

Swim Lanes

Class of Service

Systems Integration

Managing Shared Resources

Service Oriented Architecture

Operations Review

Understand Considerations for Scaling Kanban

How Kanban is Used by Software Development Teams

Using the Minimum Marketable Release to Break Work Down

How to Conduct Operations Reviews


Three Types of Improvement Opportunities

Warning Signs


Economic Model for Lean

Sources of Variability

Issue Management and Escalation Policies

Optimizing Your Kanban System

Practices to Improve Kanban Team Performance

Kanban Change Initiative

Cultural Change Components of Kanban

Goals Behind the Kanban Approach to Change

Kaizen Culture

Cultural Change

Kanban Transition

Kotter's Model

Continuous Improvement Culture

Learn the Role of Continuous Improvement

Experiments and Analysis to Improve Team Performance


Key Takeaways

Kanban Objectives Board

Survey Information


Review Kanban Emergent Behaviors

Building a Kanban Board

Documenting a work Flow

Change a Workflow into a Kanban System

Kanban Simulation

Program Details
Duration 2 Days
Capacity Max 12 Persons
Training Type Classroom / Virtual Classroom

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